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April 3, 2014 | 12:00 a.m. CST
For more than a decade, All Time Low has rocked stage after stage. In that time, the band crafted a pop-punk hybrid and produced the ultimate soundtrack for an angsty Generation Y. Now, that generation can return the favor on Sunday by flooding The Blue Note to hear the group on its A Love Like tour. Fans, known as Hustlers, attribute the band’s appeal to unusually erudite lyrics and irresistible hooks.
“Their songwriting is truly original and especially addresses things like feeling alone or misunderstood,” says longtime fan Trevor Beyatte. “I think it’s why so many people from my generation launched onto them.”
Where: The Blue Note
When: Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Formed while still in high school in a Baltimore suburb, the group quickly gained a strong following and a lucrative deal with Hopeless Records during the members’ senior year. The band benefited from the up-and-coming independent music blogs that popped up on the Internet in the early 2000s. All Time Low has since released a string of hit singles including “Dear Maria, Count Me In” and “Weightless.”
All Time Low soon developed a reputation for excellent live shows and headlined the popular traveling festival Vans Warped Tour in 2007 and 2008.
Whether fans have seen All Time Low on stage or rocked out to the band on their iPods, the group is now a permanent fixture in many listeners’ lives, sometimes literally. Beyatte has a tattoo with the band’s logo and lyrics, “Give me therapy,” to prove his loyalty.
“They’re really exciting live,” he says. “I’ve seen them on Warped Tour before, and they absolutely connect with the audience.”
The band’s popularity is partly due to its precise sound. Exacting guitar jabs and machine gun percussion all mesh to propel frontman Alex Gaskarth’s soaring vocals and cutting lyrics.
The group is expected to release a new album soon; this tour is a warm-up before heading into the studio. But first they must oblige their adoring and loyal fan base this Sunday in Columbia.